RFA’s Jen Tasco (2) slides safely into 2nd base as Whitesboro’s Courtney Morton (4) looks to make a play.
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The Rome Free Academy Lady Black Knights softball team swept a twin bill from the Whitesboro Warriors, by scores of 11-4 and 4-3, this afternoon at a jam packed Kost Softball Complex in the Copper City.
Game one saw the Romans bang out 11 runs, on 10 hits en route to an 11-4 victory. Annika Guiliano was 3 for 4 at the dish, with a double and 3 RBI and Alexandra Kimmel chipped in a pair of singles for the Lady Knights.
Sophomore, Alicia Swavely, picked up the win in the circle for RFA, allowing 3 runs on 3 hits, while striking out 5 in 4 innings of work in game one.
Ashley Robinson, who left the game with a leg injury, suffered the loss for Whitesboro.
Jessica Sardina was 2 for 3, with 2 RBI for Whitesboro in game one.
Whitesboro dropped to (6-8) overall and (2-4) in the TVL with the loss. RFA improved to (5-3) overall and (3-1) after game one.
Game two featured a pitching matchup between Whitesboro’s Kristyn Deuel and Alicia Swavely for Rome.
After Whitesboro stranded runners at second and third in the top of the first inning, the Romans got rolling in the home half of the first.
Jenna Kiskiel led off with a single and moved to second on a fielder’s choice. Sam Tardugno then ripped a double to the left field fence, scoring Kiskiel to make it 1-0.
Megan Pritchard then singled home Tardugno, to make it 2-0, which is the way we’d head to the second frame.
Nicole Sergott singled to right and went to third on a single by Jessica Sardina. Sergott scored on a single by Kristyn Deuel and the Warriors got to within 2-1.
RFA tacked on two more in the bottom of the third, when Alyssa Fazio reached on a one out infield error and moved to second on a walk to Alicia Swavely.
After Jen Tasco reached on an infield hit, Megan Pritchard reached on an outfield error, scoring Fazio, to make it 3-1 in favor of RFA.
Swavely then scored on a Sacrifice fly by Courtney Fiorenza and Rome took a 4-1 lead to the fourth.
After Swavely set the Warriors down 1-2-3 in the top of the fourth, Rome plated another in the home half of the inning.
Sam Tardugno reached on an infield hit and was later knocked home on a long double off the bat of Alicia Swavely, sending Rome to the fifth inning with a 5-1 lead.
Whitesboro showed no signs of giving up, as the visitors plated two runs in the top of the fifth.
Melanie Klauser’s line drive single to right center field scored Nicole Sergott and Jessica Sardina to make it 5-3.
Klauser was called out on a questionable play at second base as she tried to stretch her hit into a double.
Swavely picked up her second win of the day, allowing 3 runs, on 7 hits, while walking 2 and striking out 4 over five innings of work.
Krsityn Deuel took the loss for Whitesboro, yielding 5 runs, on 8 hits, walking 1 and striking out 3 in 4 innings.
Kristyn Deuel and Nicole Sergott led the Warriors at the plate with two hits apiece. Sam Tardugno had a pair of hits for Rome.
RFA improves to (6-3) overall and (4-1) in the TVL, good for second place. Whitesboro drops to (6-9) overall and (2-5) TVL.
RFA 11 WHITESBORO 4
1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Whitesboro 1 0 0 2 1 4 6 2
RFA 4 4 1 0 2 11 10 1
RFA 5 Whitesboro 3
1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Whitesboro 0 0 1 0 2 3 7 3
RFA 2 0 2 1 X 5 8 1